There is so much to do on a cruise ship, especially a Disney ship! We had a blast and I’m convinced all the activities are the reason I didn’t gain any weight – despite eating anything and everything I wanted for a week. Our whole family was busy and loved the days at sea as much as the port adventures.
Each evening of the cruise, our steward, Michael, would straighten up our cabin and leave us a fun towel animal, chocolates, and a newsletter, The Navigator, with the next day’s Onboard activities. The Navigator was very easy to read, with activities highlighted by ages and interests, and then an overall guide by time and location, similar to a TV guide listing.
We were all sticking together, so we would look at the activities for the entire family. Quickly, we settled into knowing that after dinner, there was a show in the large Walt Disney Theater, and then a fun activity in the Studio Sea lounge. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be on a game show? My daughter and I played “Mickey Mania”! We didn’t win for trivia, but definitely won in the fun category!
The shows each evening in the Walt Disney Theater were entertaining, fun, and more elaborate than I expected. One night we were treated to “the Golden Mickeys”, an awards show honoring Disney movies. As a huge movie fan, I loved this particular show. Every year our family has a red carpet party for the Oscars. When my daughter was little, she called it our “Red Rug Party” and that name has stuck. On the cruise, there was a red carpet before the Golden Mickeys, and my daughter was thrilled to be interviewed! It was one of the highlights of the trip for her. The interview appeared on the large screens in the theater and she was excited to know that she was “on TV”. A small suggestion for the producers – if it would be possible to delay the broadcast of the interviews for just a few minutes, so the kids could go inside and watch themselves, it would be even more thrilling. Other shows in the Walt Disney Theater were musicals, comedy, magic – something for everyone!
Another highlight of the trip for us was seeing our little girl sing karaoke. She had never done it before, and despite being a little shy, she felt comfortable enough to take the stage twice! Disney brings out the best in children!
On Disney cruises you can see first-run movies that are currently playing in theaters at home. During our cruise, we could have seen Million Dollar Arm or Captain America: The Winter Soldier. We did see Maleficent in 3d! I wish we could have had the time to see all the movies. Jimmy, our cruise director, had us laughing when he said,”Disney cruises show first run Disney movies because, well, we own ’em!”
There were many supervised activities, seminars, and fun events during the day also. Or if you wanted to just play, there are basketball courts, soccer areas, ping pong tables, and swimming pools. It was incredible to play ping pong with the ocean as a backdrop.
The pools on the ship were heated, so despite cooler temperatures, you could swim. The adults in our group didn’t but my daughter swam several times and loved all the kid-friendly pools. There was one where kids could swim and watch a movie on a giant screen at the same time. Notice what the lifeguard is wearing – that gives you a hint of the air temperature. Another pool had a fun slide and three different areas creating a pool in the shape of who else, but Mickey!
One of our favorite things to do at Walt Disney World is to meet the characters. We always enjoy character meals or meet-and-greets. So when we saw that there would be characters aboard the ship with us, we were excited! I was surprised by the accessibility and variety of the characters. It seemed like we were running into princesses everywhere.
The onboard activities were so plentiful and fun that my daughter said she loved being on ship as much as being at Walt Disney World, shhhhhh, maybe even more. All of us truly did enjoy everything on ship so much that we might consider a repositioning cruise someday (those are the cruise with many days at sea, as ships move from one area of the world to another).
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